ATLANTA, July 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Leaders representing six award-winning hospital programs have joined forces as an advisory board for the Hospital Charitable Services Awards, a national program sponsored by Jackson Healthcare.
Tiffany Carlson is the Community Fitness Initiative (CFI) Program Coordinator for Lexington Regional Health Center in Lexington, Nebraska. Fueled by a desire to improve the health and eating habits of young families, Carlson works with hospital, schools and community partners to develop volunteer-based programming to address childhood obesity. A Nebraska native, she is currently working to complete her bachelor's degree in Nonprofit Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Lexington's Community Fitness Initiative was named a 2011 Program of Excellence through the Jackson-sponsored awards program.
Jeanette Corris is Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the Princeton HealthCare System Foundation in Plainsboro, New Jersey. She has been a key member of the PHCS Foundation team, completing a highly successful $171 million campaign in March 2013 to fund the construction of a new state-of-the-art replacement hospital in Plainsboro. Prior to joining PHCS, Corris spent eleven years at the Rutgers University Foundation. She holds master's degrees in business administration and education from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Rutgers' Douglass College. Princeton's Partnerships for PIECE was named a 2012 Program of Promise through the Jackson's awards program.
Erin Inman is Director of the Healthier Communities Department at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In her role, she manages the community development department, as well as oversees all grants and reimbursements related to new health and wellness programming in the community. Inman has also worked at Spectrum Health United Hospital as Pharmacy & Diagnostic Imaging Director. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Ferris State University and her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Florida. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor for Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Michigan. Spectrum's Core Health Program was named a 2012 Program of Excellence through Jackson's awards program.
Brian Lepacek is Executive Director, Foundation at Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers in Evergreen Park, Illinois. Having served in this role more than 20 years, he has led resource development expansions for numerous organizations. Before joining the LCMH Foundation, Lepacek held strategic leadership roles with the Archdiocese of Chicago, Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF) (Los Angeles), Anixter Center (Chicago) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (Chicago/Atlanta). He holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from University of Chicago and a MDiv from Catholic Theological Union at Chicago. Little Company of Mary's Heart Connection was named a 2012 Program of Excellence through the Jackson-sponsored awards program.
Jan Ruma is Vice President of the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio and Executive Director of Toledo/Lucas County CareNet in Toledo, Ohio. A certified fund raising executive (CFRE), she holds a master's degree in training and development and a bachelor's degree in business administration, both from Bowling Green State University. Ruma is currently on the Board of the Health Policy Institute of Ohio and serves on the ProMedica Advocacy Committee and the University of Toledo Board of Visitors for the College of Health Science and Human Service. She has received the ProMedica Health System Health Advocate of the Year Award, the St. Vincent Mercy Children's Hospital Child Advocacy Award and the Toledo 20 UNDER 40 Leadership Award. Toledo/Lucas CareNet was named a 2010 Program of Excellence through Jackson's awards program.
Maureen van Stone is Associate Director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Director of Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy and Law) in Baltimore, Maryland. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Southern California, a master's degree in developmental psychology at The Johns Hopkins University, and a Juris Doctor at Whittier Law School, with a concentration on children's legal issues. Prior to law school, van Stone worked as a clinician on the Neurobehavioral Unit in the Department of Behavioral Psychology at Kennedy Krieger for six years. Project HEAL was a 2012 Program of Excellence through the Jackson-sponsored awards program.
"We are honored these six hospital leaders are serving in an advisory role to aid in the growth of our national awards program," said Bob Schlotman, Chief Marketing Officer with Jackson Healthcare. "Each has actively participated in our program over the years and embodies the spirit and goals of the program."
Established in 2010, the Hospital Charitable Services Awards honors hospital-sponsored community benefit and outreach programs that impact communities through education, access and delivery. It was established around two goals. First, to raise the level of hospital charitable services in the U.S. Second, to reward and recognize hospital outreach programs with measurable impact.
"We want to recognize hospitals whose commitment to their community—whether defined locally, regionally or nationally—has led to innovative, sustainable and collaborative efforts to improve community health and increase access to healthcare education and services," said Schlotman.
All six advisory board members lead programs that have been past Hospital Charitable Services Award winners. Now in its fourth season, nominations are being accepted through Friday, August 23, 2013.
For more information on this program visit www.jacksonhealthcare.com/awards.
About Jackson Healthcare
Jackson Healthcare is the third largest healthcare staffing company in the U.S. and serves more than five million patients in over 1,300 healthcare facilities. The company also provides technology solutions that enable total hospital efficiency. Jackson has earned national media coverage by providing innovative solutions to healthcare problems, in addition to championing local, national and international charitable work. Atlanta Business Chronicle has recognized the company as one of the Best Places to Work for six consecutive years. Visit http://www.jacksonhealthcare.com/about to learn more.
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